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  1. Bill_OBrien

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    #1 Bill_OBrien, Sep 14, 2015
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    I need a little help from the experts around here! I am trying to figure out exactly what I just bought.

    The valve covers both appear to be for the same side of the engine.

    One has been machined a bit and the fins on top as well as the 'Ferrari' insignia has been polished. Also the bolt holes have been drilled through. The other seems to be a bit more raw.

    No numbers, markings or stamps on them.....

    What are they???
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  9. John Vardanian

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    They look like remanufactured blanks. After being machined these may be usable only as a right side to some Tipo 168 motors, since they are void of stands for throttle linkage, etc. I wonder if anyone has actually utilized one of these.

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    John....what makes you think they are not for a 128D?
     
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    Six studs on the side, they are for an early 250 motor.
     
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  13. John Vardanian

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    The "Ferrari" script and the end cutouts tell us it's a right side cover. Since there are no stand provisions, this would be suited only to cars who have no attachments to the right side cover; Lusso, GTE, etc.

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    Go downstairs John,

    You're PF has 6 holes- as Dyke says- you're Lusso only 5 .

    6 holes only till end of 1960.

    poor repro´s above.

    best

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    Right you are, Cornelis. So, are these cam covers usable for any car at all?

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    Yes John ,

    For the right side of a LHD cars before 1960 128 type

    and for a RHD cars on the left side also 128 A-D/DF.

    Most GTE has also 5 studs and inside the 128E inscription.

    These are for sale on Ebay for around 700 usd by a US part seller

    ciao

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  17. Smiles

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    They would make cool garage art.

    I'd paint 'em crackle black and grind the Ferrari logo back to aluminum, but I'm no purist.

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  18. Bill_OBrien

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    Any idea who made them? Is the quality decent? How would they differ from the originals?

    Thank you for all of the input!!!
     
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    See the comment in post #11 above.

    The one on the left isn't fully finished.

    Just out of curiosity, why did you buy cam covers when you didn't know what they were?

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    Unfortunately Post 11 doesn't answer my questions.

    Why would I buy them? I can't resist an interesting deal!!!
     
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    #18 John Vardanian, Sep 20, 2015
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    Bill, your cam covers are not entirely useless, but unless modified, they are not entirely usable either. The 16-hole cam covers that go on the right bank have stands for the carburetor push rods. You can see that yours do not have these stands.

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    Correct me if I a wrong but shouldn't the cases be ribbed inside ?
     
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    #20 Smiles, Sep 20, 2015
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    Yes. One reason Cornelis called them "Poor repos" in post 11.


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    The covers pictured may be from a series of repros produced in California to be used for wall hangings and memorabilia.
     

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